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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (16 Year Old)

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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1112) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and peat.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, wood, vanilla and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and peat.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Old Ales from this brewery are always so extremely complex, amazing to behold. Great flavour thanks to this. The aroma could have been stronger, but that ia the only real flaw.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFF (165) - - NOV 23, 2016
Arômes de vanille et légères notes de whisky herbal. Robe noire, faible mousse beige éphémère. En bouche, très puissant: grain torréfié, vanille, chocolat, liquoreux et légère amertume. Carbonation moyenne.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (626) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with tiny, light brown head. Very poor head retention and average lacing. Nice, medium aroma of cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, lightly coffee and dried fruits notes. Aroma is also empowered with light to medium caramel notes, slightly ashy. Taste is semi-dry to semi-bitter, rather constant thru the whole of degustation. Medium body, creamy and semi-thick texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-dry and cocoa, slightly ABV warming. In general good beer with nice and pleasant nose and taste, ain’t fireworks, but worth trying.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (1053) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 14, 2016
Noire d’encre, petit collet fuyant Aromes riches et complexes, reglisse, café, vanille, bois, légères notes de whisky tourbé. Le boisé ressort bien plus une fois en bouche, mais on retrouve aussi tous les aromes. La finale manque juste un poil de présence sur la longueur. Carbo en bouche assez calme et douce

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muydeemer (18) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Jet black with beige foamy head disappearing quickly, nice lacing though. Milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla and licorice in aroma. Quite sweet, milk chocolate, toffee flavours. Low carbonation. Enjoyed it thoroughly :)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (605) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2016
330ml bottle. Impenetrable black with a foamy tan head that mostly fizzed away quite quickly. Sweet, peat smoke aroma. Flavour is coffee, chocolate, smoke and quite dry in the finish. Excellent

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (3212) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2016 At a tasting, many thanks, almost no head, pitch black color, flavor of biltong dried beer and dark sourdough bread with oxidsed and coffee hints in the back, flavor of chocolate, ash and charred wood with hints of vanila, prunes and halva. Really mellow and highly enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
karpik (785) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Caramel, chocolate, peat, whiskey in nose. Pours very dark brown with beige head. Taste is sweet with caramel, peat, chocolate. Low bitter finish, medium body. Overall good but slightly disappointing, especially body is too thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (2339) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2016
zwart met een beschieden bruine kraag. Geur van turf en gevriesdroogde koffie, smaak vooral as en koffie met suiker. had hier zelf iets meer van verwacht.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1439) - BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
Ink black, ruby highlights. Moderate tan head. Bubbly lacing. Nose: barrel, oak, iodine, peat. Medium to full body. Oily. Complex taste with notes mentioned for aroma. Light bitterness. Not as extreme as the 18 years version. In my opinion at least not worse than the latter.

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